Concealed pregnancies still persist today

Monday 27th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Concealed pregnancies still occur in Ireland today and are often negatively covered by the media, which can have a detrimental impact on affected women and their babies, new research has found. A concealed or hidden pregnancy refers to a situation where a woman hides her pregnancy, keeping it a sec... Read more →

Waist-to-hip ratio linked to womb cancer

Friday 24th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Women who have a higher hip-to-waist ratio may have an increased risk of developing cancer of the womb, a new study has found. The findings strongly suggest that central obesity may have a key role to play in this type of cancer. Central obesity refers to when the majority of body fat is stored aro... Read more →

Be careful giving medicine to children

Thursday 23rd March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Parents are being reminded to be particularly cautious when giving medicines to children, as an incorrect dose can be harmful. According to the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU), the correct dose of medicine can vary depending on a child's age, weight and symptoms and as children grow, dosages can change.... Read more →

Early obesity linked to liver problems later on

Wednesday 22nd March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Males who are overweight or obese as teenagers may face an increased risk of developing severe liver problems later in life, a new study has found. Overweight and obesity are major public health problems worldwide and around one billion people are projected to be obese by 2030 if things continue as... Read more →

Getting better sleep like winning lottery

Tuesday 21st March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

If you want to feel like you have won the lottery, try improving the quality of your sleep. According to a new study, improving sleep quality can be as beneficial to health and happiness as winning around €230,000 on the lottery. UK researchers analysed the sleep patterns of more than 30,000 ... Read more →

'Harmless' painkillers linked to heart risk

Monday 20th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Commonly-used painkillers, which are considered harmless by many, may increase the risk of cardiac arrest, a new study has found. The findings centre on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, which are available over the counter. "Allowing these drugs to be purchased wi... Read more →

Eye checks essential to detect glaucoma

Thursday 16th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People are being reminded that the only way to detect the eye disease, glaucoma, is through regular eye tests. According to the Irish College of Ophthalmologists (ICO), glaucoma is often referred to as the ‘silent thief of sight' because it is usually symptomless in its early stages and peopl... Read more →

Ophthalmology waiting lists 'out of control'

Wednesday 15th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Some Irish patients face the risk of irreversible damage to their vision due to ophthalmology waiting lists that are ‘out of control', it has been claimed. According to the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI), the specialty of ophthalmology currently has the longest waiting list ... Read more →

People urged not to buy medicines online

Tuesday 14th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

People are being warned of the dangers of sourcing prescription medicines online as there can be no guarantees about their safety. The warning was issued by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), which has just published details of all of the illegal medicinal products it detained in 2016... Read more →

Planning lodged for new maternity hospital

Monday 13th March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A planning application for the new National Maternity Hospital (NMH), which is to be built on the grounds of St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin, has been submitted to An Bord Pleanála. This project, which will see the current NMH on Holles Street move to St Vincent's, marks the singl... Read more →